Heidi Basch-Harod is the executive director of Women’s Voices Now (WVN), a non-profit organization that utilizes social issue-based and impact-oriented digital media to advance the rights of women and girls. WVN holds special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). She is the founding editor of WVN’s digital publication, The WVoice. Heidi brings her experience in international human rights advocacy from her work with Tibetan Nuns Project, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress, and the Palestine-Israel Journal.
She is a scholar of the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, specializing in women’s rights movements of the region with a master’s degree from Tel Aviv University. In 2017, her master’s thesis, The Kurdish Women of Turkey: Building a Nation, Struggling for Gender Parity, became a published monograph (Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies). Heidi’s written works can also be found in several publications, including: Open Democracy, Palestine-Israel Journal, Tel Aviv Notes, Working Mother,The Berkeley Daily Planet, The WVoice and the edited volume, Kurdish Awakening: Nationbuilding in a Fragmented Homeland. She is a producer of the award-winning feature documentary Honor Diaries, and the highly-acclaimed short film, In Search of America, Inshallah.